Liquid Telecom Kenya, part of the leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has confirmed plans to upgrade its fibre optic highway in Kenya’s Siaya County as the firm continues with an ongoing move to expand its footprint across East Africa.
The internet service provider (ISP) has installed a 24-meter communications tower at the Sauti Kuu Foundation (SKF), a development facility located in Kenya’s in Alego K’Ogelo Village in the country’s Siaya County.
The move will create the capacity to connect thousands more Siaya residents to high-speed internet.
Liquid Telecom is a leading communications services and solutions provider across 13 countries in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa that serves carrier, enterprise and retail customers with high-speed, reliable connectivity and digital services.
It has built Africa’s largest independent fibre network, spanning over 50,000 kilometers, and operates state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi, with a combined 6,800 square meters.
The company is currently upgrading a Ksh175 million ($1.74 million) fibre optic highway that it installed through Siaya in 2014 to deliver up to 100Mbps to Siaya’s local residents. The new tower will mean the ISP can provide the local high-speed connections across the county from its main data ‘superhighway’ that traverses Siaya and provides 800Gbps of data capacity between Kenya and Uganda.
The regional communications tower will also be connecting the SKF Sports, Recourse and Vocational Training Centre in Alego Village, which was inaugurated by former US President, Barack Obama on Monday, 16th July, 2018.
“The tower at Sauti Kuu brings terrestrial high-speed wireless internet to Alego village for the first time, giving us the opportunity to connect schools, businesses and individuals,” said Liquid Telecom Kenya Chairman, Ben Roberts.
“The connection will also serve to further help address the existing digital divide and increase localised economic growth,” he added.
Liquid Telecom has already connected 24 schools in Siaya County, including Senator Obama Secondary, in a project with the Universal Service Fund (USF), directed by the Communications Authority of Kenya. The company also provides the connectivity for the Siaya County Government and all its sub-county offices to the internet and to the central government systems.
“We are also upgrading the existing satellite link to Senator Obama Secondary School to a terrestrial wireless link bringing higher speeds to the school and residents of Nyang’oma Kogelo Village,” said Ben.
Besides the network upgrades, African philanthropist Strive Masiyawa has donated desk workstations, networking and Wi-Fi equipment to the Sauti Kuu Foundation, in a contribution made by his company Liquid Telecom. This will enable the foundation to connect its offices and ICT centre to the internet, which is a key need in delivering the information and learning space.
“We are proud to partner with Sauti Kuu to further enhance the impact of our previous investments in Siaya county, for which reason we have donated Sh1.5m in equipment and furniture and Sh3.5m in connectivity, totalling Sh5m. We will, further, support the centre with 20Mbps of internet connectivity for the next 3 years,” said Roberts.
Liquid Telecom will additionally provide a dedicated internet link of 200Mbps to enable uninterrupted live streaming of the inauguration ceremony of the Sauti Kuu Sports, Resource and Vocational Training Centre on 16 July 2018 in Alego, Kenya, under the patronage of the former US President Barack Obama.